Lab Alumnae

Team Leaders

Ariel Chan



Education: Ph.D. UCLA 2023

Current affiliation: IDEAL Provostial Fellow and Lecturer, Department of Linguistics, Stanford University

Research interests: bilingualism, heritage language acquisition, psycholinguistics, interactional linguistics, and sociolinguistics

Marta Rivera Zurita

Lab Affiliation(s):
Memory & Language Group (, Bilingualism, Mind, and Brain Lab.

Research Interests:
My research interests focus on the individual differences that underlie second and third initial grammar learning. Specifically, my PhD goal is to see how executive functions, language experience, age and brain activation differences act on different learning contexts. Besides, I am interested in other aspects of bilingualism such as language production and reading.

During my stay in the BMB lab, I will study how different L2 learning experiences (including Heritage Bilinguals) can affect the process of learning a new grammar using different learning contexts.

Andrea Takahesu Tabori

Lab Affiliation(s): Bilingualism, Mind, and Brain Lab

Research Interests: bilingual language processing; second language learning in adults; individual differences in early language experience; cognitive control

I am an advanced doctoral student in the Language Science Department advised by Dr. Judith Kroll. I am interested in how individual differences in cognitive skills and both formal and informal language knowledge affect new language learning. In my dissertation, I am investigating how immersion experience in an L2 may affect L3 learning in young adults. Mandarin-English bilinguals from China, who are studying abroad in the United States, are being asked to learn aspects of Spanish (L3) gender and phonology. I am considering how ambient exposure to Spanish and individual differences in cognitive control may shape their learning outcome.

Email: atakahes AT

Anne Therese Frederiksen

Personal Website: 

Research Interests: Psycholinguistics; bilingualism; sign language; sentence processing; pronoun resolution; gesture

I am a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, Irvine, working with Judith Kroll in the Bilingualism, Mind, and Brain Lab. I am currently funded by a National Science Foundation Fellowship. Previously, my work was supported by a Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellowship. I received my BA and MA in Linguistics from the University of Copenhagen, and I earned my Ph.D. in Linguistics and Cognitive Science at the University of California, San Diego, working with Rachel Mayberry.
My research examines reference and sentence processing in Deaf signers of American Sign Language as well as in bimodal bilingual hearing signers.

Luciana De Souza Brentano

Visiting Graduate Student

I am a Ph.D. student in Psycholinguistics in Brazil working with Professor Ingrid Finger at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul/ Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS). I also have a degree in Neurocognition and Learning and in Foreign Language Teaching. I work as a coordinator and a professor in Bilingual Education and Cognition graduate course in Brazil. I am an expert in bilingual education  and I provide pedagogical assistance in implementing bilingual curricula in schools in Brazil.

Lab affiliations: BMB- Bilingualism, Mind, and Brain lab, at University of California, Irvine- USA (director: Dr. Judy Kroll);LABICO- Bilingualism and Cognition Lab at Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul- Brazil (director: Dr. Ingrid Finger)

Research Interests: bilingual education, bilingualism and cognition, executive functions in childhood, phonological awareness in bilinguals, and biliteracy.

Looking for: RAs that are interested in learning and not familiar with research labs!

Contact Information:

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Professional Instagram: @lubrentanoeducacaobilingue


Christian Navarro-Torres

Graduate Student

I am currently a Ph.D. student at the University of California, Irvine working with Judith Kroll. I received my M.S. in cognitive psychology at Penn State University, where I also worked with Paola Dussias. I use a combination of behavioral, eye-tracking, and electrophysiological (EEG) methods to examine cognitive control recruitment during language processing. A great deal of research has investigated how bilinguals’ two languages interact with one another, but we know less about the cognitive mechanisms that enable bilinguals to function in one language at any given moment. A major goal of my research program is to understand the conditions in which bilinguals dynamically engage domain-general cognitive resources to optimize processing and fluency when speaking or comprehending words/sentences in one of their languages. In recent work, I have focused on studying variation in language use and language processing to identify aspects of bilingual experience that may create novel ways for how cognitive control is utilized by the brain.

Lab Affiliation(s): ISÍ (I see) Eye-tracking Lab; Bilingualism, Mind, and Brain Lab

Research Interests: Psycholinguistics; cognitive science; bilingualism; individual differences; cognitive control; sentence processing; lexical access

Research Gate Profile:

Curriculum Vitae

Contact Information:

2239 Social Science Plaza B
University of California, Irvine

Email: navarro.torresc AT

Andrew Cheng

Postdoctoral Scholar

Andrew received a BA in Linguistics from Swarthmore College and a PhD in Linguistics from UC Berkeley. He is now a postdoctoral research specialist and lecturer at UC Irvine, working with the BMB Lab under Judy Kroll and the Meaning Lab under Gregory Scontras. His research focuses on the social, behavioral, and cognitive consequences of heritage bilingualism in Asian American populations.

Anne Beatty-Martinez

Visiting Graduate Student

I am a Ph.D. student in Spanish and Language Science working with Prof. Giuli Dussias at Penn State’s Center for Language Science. I am also a member of the steering committee for Bilingualism Matters at Penn State, an international organization whose mission is to interface current research on bilingualism and second language learning with society at large.

My research agenda involves the integration of linguistic, cognitive and neuroscientific approaches to examine how bilingual experience modulates language processing and cognitive control ability. In particular, I’m interested in examining how individuals’ production choices can predict comprehension difficulty by comparing production and comprehension performance of codeswitching and non-codeswitching bilinguals.

Lab affiliations: The Penn State Psycholinguistics Lab; Bilingual Sentence Processing and Code-switching Lab (director: Dr. Giuli Dussias); Bilingualism, Mind, and Brain (director: Dr. Judy Kroll); Language and Aging Lab / SLEIC (director: Dr. Michele Diaz)

Research Interests:  bilingualism, codeswitching, cognitive control, implicit learning

Contact Information:


At UC-Riverside as Visiting Graduate Student:
3347 Olmsted Hall
University of California, Riverside

At Penn State as Graduate Student:
047 Burrowes Building
University Park, PA 16802

Haoyun Zhang

Graduate Student

I am currently a PhD student in Psychology at Penn State, co-advised by Professor Michele Diaz and Professor Judith Kroll. I got my master’s degree in Psychology in Beijing Normal University in 2014. My current research interests include language and cognition in different groups of people, especially in bilinguals and aged people. I’m currently working on a training project to see the effect of language switching training on cognitive control abilities.

Lab Affiliation(s): Language and Aging Lab; Bilingualism, Mind, and Brain Lab

Research Interests: Cognitive consequence of bilingualism; Age-related differences in language, bilingualism and aging.

Contact Information:

3 Moore Building
Penn State University
University Park, PA 16801


Kinsey Bice

Postdoctoral Scholar

Current Position:
Language Data Researcher
Alexa Intelligent Decisions

Washington Research Foundation Innovation Postdoctoral Fellow in Neuroengineering
Department of Psychology & Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences
University of Washington

Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology with dual-title in Language Sciences
Center for Language Science
Department of Psychology 
​Pennsylvania State University 


Natsuki Atagi

Assistant Professor at California State University, Fullerton

Cari Bogulski

Senior Data Analyst at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

Lisa Bohm

PGCE Secondary Teaching Trainee at Bath Spa University

Peiyao Chen

Postdoctoral Scholar at Swarthmore College

Oluyemise Eshugbonhungbe

Lab Coordinator at UC Riverside

Melinda Fricke

Assistant Professor at the University of Pittsburgh, Website:

Dalia Garcia

Graduate Student at San Diego State University and UC San Diego

Jason Gullifer

Postdoctoral Scholar at McGill University, Website:

Eve Higby

Assistant Professor at California State University, East Bay, Website:

Fengyang Ma

Assistant Professor at the University of Cincinnati

Mari Cruz Martín

Emily Mech

Graduate Student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Rhonda Mudry

Assistant Professor at the Penn State College of Medicine

Justin Sarkis

Grants Analyst at Clean Energy Fuels

Gabriela Terrazas Duarte

Graduate Student at the University of Pittsburgh

Floor Van Den Berg

Research Master Student at the University of Groningen

Megan Zirnstein

Assistant Professor at Pomona College, Website:

Research Assistants

Dayra Bernal

Jasmin Cortez

Yuting Gu

Hana Rios

Annalin Roepken

Jessica Rojas

Christine Wong

Kehan Zhou

Katie Fong

Francis Buenagua

Kiarah Hernández

Linh Ngoc Hoang

Olivia Forte

Nei Fang

Taryn Christenson

Maya Anna Jedrzejczak

Giancarlo Arzu

Cindy Vanessa Villaseñor Arellano

Will Zhang

Emily Guilfoyle

Young Zhang

Evelyn Cortes-Gress

Jomari Agustin

Anika Yu

Kaitlyn So

Sungju Kim

Hanyue Sha

Shiyang Guo

Claire yim

Tianyu Feng

Matthew Lin

Esther Kim

Kevin Francisco Ramirez

Gwendolyn Donley

Nimrita Gill

Kelly Yu

Calvin Yam

Rachel Vu

Kristi Ryono

Ania Zdziarska

Ketevan Abesadze

Farhan Ahmad

Michelle Alva

Nisha Bajaj

Blanca Bautista

Karla Bonilla

Jose Calderon

Sierra Cheung

Devani Cordero

Clarissa Chavez-Moreno

Faredun Dungore

Zinet Ezedin

Merisanda Finely

Evelyn Gamez

Dalia Garcia, PIRE fellow

Michelle Guerra

Brianna Hernandez

Tzu-Ning (Vicky) Hsu

Karen Jaranilla, PIRE fellow

Samreen Kazi

Julie Kim

Amy Kobayashi

Charles Lai

Alba Larraburu

Vanessa Ledesma

Angela Limeta-Ongkingco

Abdiel Lopez

Stephanie Lopez

Ashley Marin

Monica Mikhail

Zoya Mirza

Mariam Morkos

Mindy Nguyen

Gold Osita-Ogbonnaya

Si Yeon Park

Josseline Pineda

Valeriya Ragozina

Melissa Ramos

Mildred Rangel, PIRE fellow

Melissa Rico Romero

Matthew Rios

John Rodriguez

Brianda Rodriguez-Verdin

Wesley Sanchez

Melissa Saidak

Rebeea Shaikh

Neha Sheik

Juliana Shenouda

Adnan Syed

Tida Thaipejr

Toby Tsai

Mayur Upparapalli

Paulina Vasquez-Rocha

Berenice Velazquez

Erik Villalpando

Jason Wong

Fiona Yan

Gabriela Young

Arianna Zimmer

Sam Cummins

Rebecca Gilligan

Amy Kinsey, PIRE Fellow

Akeena Lofters, PIRE Fellow

Min Sung Seo

Ashley Wagner

Zhiyue (Joanna) Wang

Yixiao Xu

Andy Huynh

Michelle Guo

Catherine Johnston

Cassie James

Yawen Feng

Kathlyn Canales

Natalie Salgado

Yiqun Zhang

Daniel Yeung

Kaitlyn So

Hannah Bode

Yi Fang

Ha Phung

Alessia Castania

Yuxuan Zhi

Ali Chak

Jialei (Tracy) Luo

Hannah Chu

Kailey Suda

Patricia Sabordo

Ashley Cortez Rangel

Danlin Li

Aliana Valenzuela

Karina Garcia

Kelly Hung

Qizhen Chen

Bin Zhang

Faye Lin

Michelle Chao

Mandolin Cai

Audrey Sugimoto

Mekdara “Mara” Morgan

Susana Rodriguez

Clydene Kho

Maggie Huang

Geoffrey Cui

María Teresa Borneo

Evelyn Argemi

Yuhao Bi

Adrian Cazares

Perry Chen

Yuexin Chen

Bianca Cho

Eliya Chong

Charlotte Conroy

Aaliyah Eslava-Deanda

Abimael Hernandez Jimenez

Yuqi Hu

Thu Huynh

Ellanie Jin

Deborah Kamliot

Noah Khaloo

Jonica Lagman

Amy Li

Yuhan Li

Prescilla Luna-Cota

Joshua Ma

Paula Marquez

Nam Nhat Mai

Sehrish Malik

Emalie Mendoza

Yesenia Munoz

Gretta Ozuna

Rosetta Pendleton

Kate Phan

Danny Quan

Christopher Quimpo

Eliud Josyani Romano

Cesar Rosales

Briana Ruiz

Hellen Abraham

Tahani Ali

Marco Andrade

Arlyn Ballesteros

Maria Beshay

Dinh Bui

Alexander Carrillo-Kashani

Jasmine Conanan

Jacqueline Cervantes-Mendoza

Mariellis Crain

Rosemin Esparza

Marissa Fernandez

Madeline Finnegan

Claudia Garcia

Spencer Gray

Jeneane Hamideh

Sammi Hua

Mariamme Ibrahim

Jorge Juarez Lopez

Emily Khouw

Sam King

Amy Kuang

Cyrus Lai

Tram Le

Daisy Lee

Belen Leon Perez

Sharon Lopez

Angelica Magaña

Monica Martinez

Miguel Miramontes

Giselle Moreno

Amir Emadian Naeini

Edgar Ortuno

Eufrocina Palaganas

Nilam Patel

Mark Pishay

Aztli Ramirez

Bilal Rana

Pilar Raygoza

Andrea Rios

Esperanza Rodriguez

Tania Rodriguez

Natalia Rzeslawski-Gamboa

Navsukhmani Sandhu

Julianna Salama

Samah Shaikh

Yasmeen Sheikh

Supanat Sritapan

Shayaan Syed

Nelson Tian

Tramanh Truong

Tammy Van

Kelly Vazquez

Jacquelyne Vergara

Jenny Vu

Dennis Wu

Bethlehem Yohannes

Leila Yousefi-Rizi

Olivia Cieslar

Heather Gardner

Steven Hopkins

YeoJin Lee

Nick Pollio

Katherine Sims

Jennie Walter

Ryan Winthrop

Joseph Cheung

Michelle Nguyen

Josue Mena

Zixi Lyu

Paula Saarentaus

Jialei Luo

Andrew Lei

Moon Nguyen

Xiangqian Yu

Sabrina Chiu

Taryn Christenson

Wenjiao Guo

Jaden Jones

Leah Beastrom

Kellie Weast

Sandra Patricia Moreno

Jiachen Jin

Joey Ye

Valerie Chu

Shannon Syracuse

Kharis Tran

Vanessa Leyva Jimenez

Sandy Matsuda

Anzhi Li

Ahva Salardi

Mengchong Chen

Makeda Telahun

Yuto Aki

Hugo Ambriz

Bonnie Tang